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On Jan 25, 2010, at 2:25 PM, Leslie B Jenkins wrote:

> This would have to be an escapee as Greenfinches are almost non  
> migatory,
> they may move a couple of hundred miles south in their native  
> Europe but it
> would be something of a miracle for one to find its way to MO. Les  
> Jenkins.
>
>

Very true as to their migratory habits.  It is indeed likely that  
this is an escapee, perhaps from the Chicago release.

But, to consider all possibilities, one should know that there is a  
least one North American record (Canada) and that their range extends  
into Scandanavia, where a bird could get caught up in a westbound  
weather pattern.

The bird at Carl's is a solid looking fellow of the gray type.  He  
holds his own with the other birds coming in (did not appear to  
challenge the Red-bellied Woodpecker or Northern Flicker, but others  
were at least "stood up to."

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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